With TIDAL Rising we’re constantly showcasing new music from our favorite up-and-coming artists across all genres, and each week we pick one artist in particular to shine our spotlight on. Meet this week’s TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: J Hus.
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Momodou Jallow is a British born genre bending artist of Gambian descent, better known as rapidly rising rapper-singer J Hus.
The 21-year-old has already collaborated with high profile British MC’s like Stormzy, Nines and Dave, and fully broke through as a solo artist with the hit single “Did You See” from earlier this year. In May he followed up with his critically-acclaimed debut full length, Common Sense.
Pitchfork described the album as “the best of grime, Afrobeat, dancehall, and early ’00s hip-hop into a vibrant, wholly unique sound,” and this boundary-breaking playfulness is unquestionably one of J Hus most striking qualities.
London, the southern and eastern parts in particular, has for a long time been an artistic hub for urban globetrotting, and this scope is an aspect that makes J Hus a posterboy for the sound of 2017. His flawless flirting with different cultures, including Jamaica, Ghana, London and Atlanta, would almost be unheard of just a couple years back.
J Hus has gone come a long way to reach this status. He was a name to watch already back in 2015, when he caught a buzz with the breakout track “Dem Boy Paigon” and mixtape The 15th Day. On a sour note, that same year he was stabbed multiple times and sparked a fury for “making gang signs from the hospital bed,” according to British press.
He was also tipped by the BBC in its Sound of 2016 list, and has constantly been in the limelight for the last couple of years – at least among the insiders of the scene. Without compromise, and no sense of debutant nerves, Common Sense is a remarkable strong start from a young, skilled and confident artist poised for worldwide domination.
Stay tuned for more from J Hus this week, including an interview and an exclusive playlist.